Detox Plans: Daily / Weekly / Monthly
Words: Faz Gaffa-Marsh
Photos: Matthew Henry
Ever so often you make a grand declaration (to anyone that will listen) of your detox plans - whether it’s because you’ve over indulged on vacation, have a great party to attend, or simply because you need to give your digestive system a break. And then you wax lyrical about how this time is going to be different from all previous detox attempts, because you're going to be so much more hardworking etc.
The good news is that detoxing doesn’t always have to be something that you do for a lengthy period of time. And if you happen to be clamouring around for detox plans to follow, fret not, because we've done all the hard work for you - below are some plans broken down to daily, weekly and monthly habits and activities that you can actively consider integrating into your own life. Let's begin:
THE DAILY DETOX PLAN
You can start by drinking far more water than the recommended 8 glasses a day (because seriously, they don't even tell you how big your glass should be). We're talking about something like 1.5 - 2.5 litres a day. Even if you think you’re drinking enough water, chances are, you're not. So, take it from us, try to increase your H2O intake dramatically, and you'll definitely feel and see the difference. For the uninitiated, we must share that water helps naturally flush out and detoxify your system, leading to clearer skin, and a more effective circulatory, respiratory, and digestive system. If you have problems tracking how much you're drinking, get yourself a (kick-ass cool) bottle: Soma Bottle, Kleen Kanteen, Swell Bottle
Apart from drinking more H2O than ever before, try dry brushing. You may need to wake up earlier in the morning to get this into your routine, but this requires ten minutes of your time, tops. It's a small price to pay for holistic detoxification! The skin is the largest organ of the human body and is responsible for up to 15% of the total body toxin elimination – dry brushing significantly helps with this process. Here's how you get started: Using a natural bristle brush, start brushing your dry skin from your feet, directing the strokes towards your heart. Dry brushing follows the pathways of your body’s lymphatic system, as it stimulates and invigorates the skin.
So you're already drinking a lot of water (and going to the bathroom more frequently, as well); you've convinced yourself to get up 10 mins early everyday to dry brush your body. Whatelse can you add to your daily detox routine? You won't believe it, but we're recommending a Digital Detox. Yes, us computer junkies constantly glued to our phones/screens, telling you to cut the digital. We honestly do experience much more clarity and find ourselves practicing the art of conversation more, when we go a few hours completely devoid of Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook. It's hard, we know, but hey, challenge yourself!
THE weekly DETOX PLAN
Get friendly with the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists when you do your groceries. We know that buying all-organic produce can burn a massive hole in your pocket. So we're recommending that you focus on avoiding fruits and vegetables that are usually laced with the most pesticides. Here's a list for starters: apples, blueberries, capsicums, celery, cucumbers, grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach and strawberries.
Take a 'healing bath'. If you happen to have a bathtub where you live, then get in there for a 'detox bath' at least once a week for some quality me-time. A 'detox bath' is usually filled with Epsom salt, which not only draws out toxins, but has multiple benefits of its own, including helping muscles and nerves function properly and reducing inflammation. No bath tub? Don't worry. You can also choose to soak your feet in warm epsom salt water for approx. 20 minutes.
The above not withstanding, try fasting. We’ve been taught that skipping breakfast will do your body harm, but lots of evidence-backed research over the recent years has proved that fasting has a lot of benefits for the body. Start by trying to fast one day a week, and once you get more advanced, alternate the days you fast.
The monthly detox plan
Hop into an infrared sauna. Infrared saunas have been gracing many Instagram feeds for good reason. They help your body release heavy metals like mercury and lead as well as other accumulated environmental chemicals. The heat promotes relaxation through balancing your body’s level of cortisol, helps improve circulation and more.We Recommend: Virgin Active's Salt Himalayan Room or Sauna, GanbanYoga at Antioxidant Singapore.
Book yourself a drainage massage. A lymphatic drainage massage is unlike the Thai massages you’ve had. The lymph nodes around your neck, ears, and throat, on the abdomen, and legs are gently stimulated to encourage detoxification. According to studies, a drainage massage can increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times, increasing your system's ability to remove toxins and infectious materials.We loved the full body HLD Massage at Revive Wellness. Get the details here.
Apart from the above plans, you can combine it with going on a raw diet. A raw diet not only helps your digestive system take a breather, it also helps you discover foods that you’re intolerant to, or that you have an adverse reaction to. Cutting out all things that have been processed, sugar, gluten, dairy will also help you be more intuitive. Start with going raw one day a month and once you’ve gotten into the habit of doing it, increase the frequency while gradually integrating it into your lifestyle.